Friday, September 10, 2021
"I love the energy of children. It makes me feel young." Dolly Parton, singer
Dear Ocean Shore Families,
I'm feeling very nostalgic for the days before COVID-19. It seems like most of my time is spent dealing with planning, testing, and trouble-shooting. It can be exhausting. However, whenever I get out of my office, I see that teaching and learning are going strong here at Ocean Shore, and it gives me energy. I showed off our school to Nidhi Patel, our newest School Board Trustee, this morning. Natasha's first graders were creating a 3-dimensional balloon art project that tied into a book they had just read and asked them to think about the unique contributions they can make to the community. The 7th and 8th graders were working on their Seven Wonders of the World projects for Social Studies, and Stephanie's 3rd grade class was enjoying Music with Mark. I pop in and out of classrooms frequently, but I rarely spend a solid hour walking around the school. I was so proud of our teachers and all of our kids. Everyone was friendly, welcoming, and willing to discuss their work. It gave me such a boost going into the weekend and helped me remember why I love this job. Thank you for the gift of your children!
Staffing update: We will have a Daly City Youth Bureau Counselor and intern starting at school next week. We are so happy to welcome Tiffany Frazier (working 2 days a week) and Jessica Nasrah (working one day) to Ocean Shore for the year. Next week, I hope to be announcing that we have hired a 6th-8th grade PE teacher and a counselor. We are also interviewing for paraprofessionals who can assist our yard duty staff and better engage our students during recess.
COVID-19 testing update: Covid-19 PCR pool testing went well on Wednesday. There were a few hiccups, like the fact that the test results were delayed, and a few students were not tested that should have been. These issues will be worked out by next week. If any of the classroom "pools" show a positive test result, we will conduct rapid response testing for that classroom. I will share the results of the testing as soon as I have them. About 40% of our students were tested, and I'm hoping we can get that percentage up to 75% or 80%. Here is the link for the consent form: https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent/. You will also need this code: PACIFICA-OCEAN.
School is back and it is time to start Flocking!! Support our 7/8 graders at Ocean Shore School
Want to order a Flock of Pink Flamingos to gather upon a friend’s property to roost? What better way to celebrate a birthday? Pay us to place these pink darlings in someone’s yard! Anyone in Pacifica can be Flocked and anyone can order a Flocking. Please email OSSFlockers@gmail.com for more information.
Order form : Here
Picture Day: Picture Day will be Friday, October 1st. More information to follow.
School Lunches: I ask for your patience. With the high demand caused by lunches being free this year, sometimes the items listed on the school menu are not available. We have to sometimes make last minute changes in order to serve everyone. For next week, the Tuesday and Thursday lunches will be switched which means Tuesday: Turkey & Cheese Sub or Cheese French Bread Pizza. Thursday: Beef Hot Dog or Macaroni & Cheese.
Additional fliers: 4-H Open house, COVID-19 testing information in English and Spanish, September lunch menu.
Principal of Ocean Shore. Check back here for weekly updates and messages from the principal.